Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Let me first say that I am so grateful for the warm welcomes received from fellow spark people and new team members, I really appreciate it :). I would also like to say that as part of my fast break goals I have committed to journalling three times a week and can think of no better way to do this than by posting, I have decided to be totally candid in my blogs though I do welcome anyone to read.
I began this week by heading to the doctor to discuss my weight-loss goals, we discussed many issues and the topic of overeating came up a few times. I feel as though I have such little control over how much I eat. I overeat at celebrations, when I'm at home alone watching TV on the couch and when I am anxious. By nature I am a very anxious person so you can only imagine how many empty cookie boxes you would find if you took the time to dig through my trash.
Getting to the point, my primary care provider suggested to me that I might like to give the Antianxiety medication Zoloft a try as it can be used for multiple issues including anxiety, OCD , depression and PTSD. Before this suggestion I had never put myself in a category with someone who "needed this medication" and I do certainly consider myself to be average: not overly up, not overly down.. My doctor recommended that I give this prescription a try for two months and then decide if I would like to continue with it.. she thinks that my overeating is either compulsive in which case zoloft should help with that or otherwise the overeating is a result of the anxiety in my life, either way she thought it could help.
I do have mixed feelings about medications like these. I would never tell anyone not to take them , but I do feel as though it is not something to be taken lightly, and I do feel conflicted about using it for something that seems a bit.. trivial?...
In other news I have discovered pinterest! Have any of you tried it yet? I am still waiting on my invite but I still enjoy browsing others' posts and have really been motivated by it. In particular one picture/quote piece of advice really hit home with me the caption was a silhouette of woman working out with the advice that " it takes four weeks for you to notice a change in your own body, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice, and 12 weeks for everyone else, so don't give up" I had to laugh when I read that this morning because yesterday, Day two of my spark people membership, I woke up, stood in front of the mirror in my underwear and looked for changes in my body... If only we could see results overnight! but I suppose everything worthwhile is worth waiting for and seeing that caption today really inspired me to just keep going, so that is what I will do.
For the next few days my sparkpeople goals are to post on my team walls and join my team challenges, but for today I am just going to meet my diet and workout goals with a smile and a grateful heart. I would really appreciate some feedback on some of your first weeks applying a healthy lifestyle and opinions on prescription medicines as overeating aids.
Until next time,